The following is a guest article by Hugh Prichard, who first introduced to me to the concept of the “Green Wave” at the Transportation Remix last November. I especially like the stats at the end of the article! —- Seager
Cargo bikes, particularly child-filled cargo bikes, enjoy the “conversation lane”.
The corner of Nørrebrogade and Søtorvet sees over 36,000 bicycles per day! For comparison, that is more than the total of All Vehicles on Coburg Road in a 24 hour period. Pictured is the automatic bicycle counter that keeps the data.
This busy photo shows the bike traffic as it approaches the intersection. The light is green for all vehicles but the furthest light shows an extra green for bicylists. This light turns green several seconds before the general traffic light, allowing bicyclists to get moving while not competing with automobiles. You can see that the intersection is filled with blue paint for added safety. I watched motorists try to turn right here. Not easy!
Sometimes the Green Wave is too big and the back portion has to stop and put a foot down. This is not such a bad thing…
The Green Wave has expanded to two more main arterials which both have over 16,000 cyclists per day, making a total for just these three streets of 68,000 riders per day! Copenhagen currently has over 36% of all trips on bicycle. The goal is 50% by 2015. Two last interesting facts which I learned at the Velo-City conference this summer: 25% of Copenhagen families with two or more children now own a cargo bike. This is quite amazing and makes for a whole new problem; where do you park all of these bigger machines? It’s a nice problem to have. Last amazing fact is that 80% of these bicycle commuters continue to ride through the winter. Consider how dark and cold it can be in Denmark on both the morning and evening commute. These people are dedicated!
If you want to see more, there are lots of good videos of the Green Wave on YouTube.